Community

Thinking Big. Making a Difference.

UPMC is set on maintaining our Altoona-Blair campus as the top health care resource for all of Central Pennsylvania.  That means the best of the best in all areas of health care services and specialties.

– Jerry Murray – President and CEO

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Healthcare

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“Blair County has emerged as the regional health center for all of Central Pennsylvania. Beyond primary and specialty care, our health care concentration is spurring new innovations and approaches in health care delivery.”

Zane Gates, Founder, Empower3 Center for Health

Specialties. Research. Community. Care.

UPMC Altoona offers more than 200 years of health care experience, over 300 talented and highly recognized physicians, nearly 4,000 specialized and experienced caregivers, and 600 supportive volunteers.

The health system serves more than 20 counties throughout Central Pennsylvania. Cancer services at UPMC Altoona are part of UPMC CancerCenter, partner with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, one of the largest integrated cancer care networks in the country. UPMC CancerCenter at UPMC Altoona brings the renowned cancer services offered at the Hillman Cancer Center in Pittsburgh to Blair and surrounding counties.

The program harnesses the expertise of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, and allied practitioners to deliver leading-edge diagnostics, individualized treatment plans, and ongoing education and support to patients and caregivers at every step of their journey.

Transportation

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“A small town with big connections. Our partners at Southern Airways provides essential connections to key hubs in Baltimore and Pittsburgh so you can go global, yet return to your own back yard.”

 

Tracy Plessinger, Blair County Airport Authority

Planes. Trains. Automobiles.

While Blair County is its own destination, we are located within 200 miles of 40 percent of the nation’s population and all major northeast markets.

If by land is your choice, Interstate 99 connects to major east-west corridors including the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-80 and Route 22. Drive times range from 2 hours to Pittsburgh, 3 hours to Washington D.C., and 4 to 5 hours to Philadelphia and New York City.

If by air, the Altoona-Blair County Airport connects to both Baltimore/BWI and Pittsburgh with convenient morning and evening flights. Just up the road, University Park Airport connects to Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington/Dulles International with multiple flights each day.

If by rail, Amtrak stops in Downtown Altoona which provides mainline service to Pittsburgh and points westward and east to Philadelphia.

Housing & Cost of Living

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“A housing renaissance is underway here. It feels like every day I am finding new buildings and sites to bring back online offering unique urban style options for young professionals, entrepreneurs and empty-nesters alike.”

Randy Green, Investor/Business Owner/Developer

Blair County has always offered a high value cost-effective mix of historic and mid-century homes that allows for home ownership to become a reality for many. Housing options throughout the Valley range from suburban style to traditional “walkable” neighborhoods.

In recent years local pioneer investors have turned their attention on new urban housing options and adaptive refill opportunities. Several smaller yet high impact projects are now online which promises to be start of a next generation housing renaissance.

  • Great Schools
  • Safe Community
  • Low Taxes
  • Rural and Urban Living
Cost of Living Blair County, PA Pennsylvania United States
Overall 87 96 100
Food 101 102 100
Utilities 107 107 100
Miscellaneous 91 101 100
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